Press Releases


Gardner, Markey Send Letter Urging Robust Enforcement of Current Sanctions on North Korea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ed Markey (D-MA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senator Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, asking for a recommitment of the U.S. government efforts to enforce current U.S. and United Nations sanctions with regard to North Korea, and to deliver a North Korea strategy to Congress by March 31, 2019, as … Continue Reading


Gardner, Gillibrand Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis by Limiting Prescriptions to Seven Days

Legislation Would Help Combat Addiction and Abuse by Creating Tougher Law on Initial Opioid Prescriptions Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis. The John S. McCain Opioid Addiction and Prevention Act would limit the supply of initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days. This bill is named after late-Senator John McCain, who was the Republican lead of this legislation … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on National Emergency Resolution

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after he voted against the resolution of disapproval: "There is a crisis at the border and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have prevented a solution. As a result, the President has declared a national immigration emergency, legal authority which he clearly has under the 1976 law, a law invoked 56 times by every previous President since Jimmy Carter. Between October and February, border patrol apprehensions were up… Continue Reading


Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Members Introduce Tech Legislation to Address Workforce Shortage

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Jerry Moran (R-KS), along with Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-6) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), today reintroduced the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act. The bipartisan legislation would provide industry intermediaries, like state tech associations, the ability to receive federal grants to develop apprenticeships within the technology sect… Continue Reading


Gardner, Udall, Cortez Masto, and Whitehouse Introduce Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses and Help Close the Digital Divide

Bipartisan bill aims to close "homework gap" that disadvantages low-income and rural students without internet access at home Legislation would make Wi-Fi on school buses eligible for E-Rate reimbursement Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a bill to make it easier to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to stu… Continue Reading


Gardner, Peters Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today reintroduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, legislation that would expand access to healthcare in both rural and urban areas by paving the way for Medicare to cover additional telehealth services. Currently, Medicare covers limited telehealth services, setting a poor industry standard, discouraging innovation, and restricting access to specialized services. The Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act… Continue Reading


Gardner Attends Signing Ceremony for Bipartisan Public Lands Package

5 Gardner Bills Signed Into Law Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) attended the signing ceremony for S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, the Lands Package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), as well as numerous other Gardner-authored bills that have a direct impact on Colorado. Gardner released the below statement following the signing of the Lands Package: "Today is a great day for the future of publics lands bot… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, DeGette, Tipton Introduce Native American Indian Education Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Colorado Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), along with Representatives Diana DeGette (CO-1) and Scott Tipton (CO-03), today introduced the Native American Indian Education Act, legislation that would address the current federal-state agreements mandating states finance Native American's tuition at certain universities. States like Colorado that encounter severe budget constraints are struggling to fulfill the requirement to provide tuition-free higher educ… Continue Reading


Gardner, Peters, Tipton, Crow Introduce Legislation to Overhaul Veterans Affairs Hiring Process

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI), along with Representatives Scott Tipton (CO-3) and Jason Crow (CO-6), introduced the Veterans Improved Access and Care Act, legislation designed to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hiring process to make it easier to fill staffing shortages at the agency. Many VA hospitals continue to experience long wait times and staffing shortages as a result of a lengthy hiring process, and a primary driver of the protrac… Continue Reading


Colorado Congressional Delegation, Governor Urge Department of Defense to Headquarter U.S. Space Command in Colorado

Reestablishment of U.S. Space Command is Essential to National Security, Preventing Attacks Against U.S. Space Systems Washington D.C. - The entire Colorado Congressional Delegation and Governor Jared Polis joined together today to urge the U.S. Department of Defense to reestablish U.S. Space Command in Colorado and to use Colorado's existing space missions and assets to address emerging and transforming threats in space. In a letter to acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, the … Continue Reading


Gardner, Menendez Seek Answers from Trump Administration on North Korean Cyberattacks

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, asking for a firm Administration response to recent reports that hackers linked with the North Korean regime conducted cyberattacks on multiple U.S. and European tar… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Combat Russian Influence, Aid European Security

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), on Thursday introduced the European Energy Security and Diversification Act to provide new tools for the United States to combat malign Russian influence and create economic opportunities at home and abroad. Russia uses its dominance of the energy market, along with bribery, corruption, and propaganda, to undermine Western institutions a… Continue Reading


Gardner, Tipton Introduce Legislation to Further Protect Cultural Sites of Ancestral Pueblo Ahead of Yucca House National Monument 100th Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) and introduced bills H.R. 1492 and S. 641 respectively, that would further protect archaeological sites of the Ancestral Pueblo by allowing the National Park Service to modify the boundary of the Yucca House National Monument in southwest Colorado, expanding the monument by 160 acres. The Yucca House National Monument was established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson following an initial donation of 9.6 acres b… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet & Colleagues Introduce PFAS Action Plan of 2019

Bipartisan bill would designate PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under our environmental protection laws Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), with a bipartisan group of colleagues, today introduced legislation that would mandate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), within one year of enactment, declare per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for cleanup funds under the EPA Superfund law, and also enabl… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Readiness Exercises with South Korea

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement in response to reports regarding large-scale joint exercises with South Korea. "I oppose any steps toward normalization without denuclearization of the North Korean regime-the United States should not sacrifice joint military readiness with our allies to appease Kim Jong Un. The reason why these exercises are necessary is because of North Korea's historically hostile behavior and repeated violations of intern… Continue Reading


Gardner, Coons Introduce Cyber Deterrence and Response Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today introduced the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act. This legislation establishes a framework to deter and respond to state-sponsored malicious cyber activity against the United States. The bipartisan bill also requires the administration to impose sanctions against all entities and persons responsible or complicit in malicious cyber activities aimed against the United States. This act is companion to legislation intr… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Wheeler Confirmation Vote

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following his vote to confirm Andrew Wheeler to be the next Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "In my conversations with Andrew Wheeler prior to today's confirmation vote, we discussed how the EPA will tackle many environmental priorities specific to Colorado," said Senator Gardner. "Under his leadership, the EPA has sped up the completion date of the Colorado Smelter Superfund site by priorit… Continue Reading


Gardner, Cassidy, Murkowski, Reintroduce Legislation to Expedite FERC Review of Energy Infrastructure Applications

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Timely Review of Infrastructure Act (S 607), legislation aimed at reducing the long wait times for federal approval of energy infrastructure projects, including LNG projects. A shortage of highly specialized engineers, scientists, and mathematicians tasked with reviewing construction applications at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has created a backlog of projects … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Second North Korean Summit

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement regarding the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. "Kim Jong Un must realize that there can be no normalization without denuclearization. Kim Jong Un is a two-bit dictator who will always put his own interests and the preservation of his neo-Stalinist regime ahead of the basic human rights of the people of his country," said Senator Gardner. "North Korea continues to… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Colleagues Secure $3 Million Grant Match for Southwest Chief

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today announced that Amtrak at long last will provide $3 million in matching funds to complete the federal TIGER IX grant awarded in the beginning of 2018 for safety upgrades and maintenance on the train's route in Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. "Amtrak's Southwest Chief line is critical to the economic development of our rural communities throughout Southeastern Colorado, and this funding is great news for our s… Continue Reading

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